Trucker escapes I-95 crash in Colleton Co. 'without a scratch on him'

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Rescue officials say the driver of an overturned 18-wheeler which shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 for almost eight hours Tuesday miraculously emerged from the wreck without a scratch.

Colleton County Fire & Rescue officials said they responded to I-95 northbound at the McLeod Road overpass, near mile marker 62, just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said the tractor-trailer left the roadway, struck the guard rail, and overturned onto its roof before striking the bridge abutment.

The truck destroyed the guard rail on the right side of the highway, and one of the fuel tanks was dislodged from the truck and was struck by a passing tractor trailer.

This caused diesel fuel to be spilled over the entire bridge and parts of the northbound lanes of the interstate, McRoy said.

McRoy said the trucker escaped the crash "without a scratch on him," and denied medical attention from EMS responders at the scene.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Bob Beres announced the road was reopened just before 12:40 p.m.

The collision remains under investigation, Beres added.

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